2G case: Special court dismisses plea against HM

New Delhi: In a huge relief for Home Minister P Chidambaram, a Delhi court today dismissed a petition by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy seeking to make him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case.

"Your prayer to summon Chidambaram as an accused is dismissed," Special Judge O P Saini said on Swamy`s petition reading out from his much-awaited judgement.

The court said it will commence the hearing on the complaint filed by Swamy in which he had made further allegations against former Telecom Minister A Raja without making Chidambaram an accused from March 17.

Swamy, in his petition, had sought making Chidambaram a co-accused in the 2G case alleging that he was as culpable as Raja in determining the price of the spectrum. Reacting to the judgement, Swamy told PTI that he would approach the Delhi High Court with more evidence. Swamy said he was "dissatisfied with the order but not disheartened".

Advocate Tarun Gombhar, who was assisting Swamy, said "as far as the evidence we had produced to the court, it was sufficient to make a prima facie case against Chidambaram. If this court was not satisfied, we will approach the high court".

The Supreme Court on Thursday had refused to direct CBI to investigate the alleged role of Chidambaram leaving it to the Special Court trying the 2G case.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, which asked the lower court not to get influenced by its decision, had also refused to direct CBI to "investigate Chidambaram". The Special Judge, on January 21, had reserved the order for February 4 on the plea of Swamy.